Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Psalm for Sunday, February 16, 2014
Psalm 119: 1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 (Read)
“Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord.”
Our psalmist is in prayer asking for many things.
He asks, "Open my eyes, that I may consider the
wonders of your law." We may not think of the
law as wonderful, but rather may consider it restrictive
and harsh, but if we learn to do His will, we find that
we are liberated, set free from the sin that drags us
down. We choose life instead of death.
The Lord reveals to us very clearly how to live a life
that is "happy" and full of peace. "Happy are those
who observe God's decrees, who seek the Lord with
all their heart."
Our psalmist petitions, "Instruct me, O Lord, in the
way of your statutes that I may exactly observe them."
We cannot do this by ourselves, without God's help.
And so our psalmist asks, "Give me discernment that
I may keep [your law] with all my heart."
Doing God's will (keeping His commandments) isn't
easy, but having received His grace, and having been
granted discernment to know right from wrong,
good from evil, we can follow Him with conviction.
Our 'yes' will mean 'yes' to the Lord, and our 'no' will
mean 'no' to the devil and his minions. And just like
our psalmist we also pray "May my ways be firm in
the observance of your laws!"
Having decided to do His will, we take delight in
keeping His statutes; they are like honey to us.
And the blessings we receive are part of what
God has prepared for those who love Him.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist affirms that those who walk in the law of the Lord,
those who observe His decrees, will be happy and blessed. Based
on your own experience, how do you seek the Lord by keeping His
2. The Psalm's verses petition the Lord to instruct us in the way of His
statutes. Tell of how you receive guidance and discernment from the Lord
that will help you observe His law and keep it with all your heart.